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Dislocated little pinky problem
#2966986 04/14/20 07:16 PM
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Hello everyone. Way back when I was in high school I dislocated the pinky on my right hand. I just pulled it back in place and went on with life. Over the years its popped out a couple times and I pull it back in. Fast forward now to my piano playing life and its a problem. Not a huge problem but one none the less.

It frequently locks up on me at the knuckle when I stretch for octaves. Also, its very weak and wouldn't take much pressure to pop it out again. I'm certain it affects my playing in several ways. But to get to the heart of my question i was wondering if anyone knows if they might make a tiny neoprene brace like the larger ones people wear on their knees for support? Maybe someone else has the same problem and has another solution? I would think whatever it is needs to be flexible yet strong. Or perhaps I just need to suck it up and work around it. Afterall there are so many great players who have overcome way more than a little pinky problem like mine. Thank you all.

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stevechris #2967009 04/14/20 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by stevechris
...... there are so many great players who have overcome way more than a little pinky problem like mine....

What you have described is not a "little pinky problem".

It sounds like something that could prevent you from playing in any serious manner.

I would pursue a solution through a more professional channel than this forum.

Your doctor (if you have one) might be a good place to start.

A brace might be possible (not probable, in my opinion).

You need surgery to fix it permanently .... and it might be relatively simple to fix .... or not

I would pursue this through medical channels and see what jumps up.

Good Luck


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When I broke my little finger as a kid I was referred to an occupational therapist who gave me some device and finger exercises to do and then a splint so I could use it again. I would seek a professional opinion so they can examine and identify the problem. Buying random devices without an expert suggesting may cause you worse problems. opinions online may be dangerous. Particularly for silly people :p

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stevechris #2967012 04/14/20 08:23 PM
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Occupational therapist will be the one to make a splint. Depending on where you are and who pays for your medical care you might need to see a doc first.


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stevechris #2967125 04/15/20 05:48 AM
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What do you know, found something. I guess I should have asked google first.

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If it's the 2nd knuckle (not at the base of the finger), the joint might just be collapsing and locking up, which is usually no big deal and very common. It should improve with playing. It happens to me if I haven't practised in a while.

You should still see a physio of course.


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